RYAN C. FARACI
SPECIALIST RYAN C. FARACI
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Specialist Ryan C. Faraci was born November 10, 1987, in Tampa, Florida. The family moved to Gainesville when Ryan was in the
9th grade. Ryan graduated from Buchholz High School in 2006. For the next three years Ryan was undecided as to what he would like
to do with his life. He had worked for Publix and Sound Depot and went to Santa Fe Community College. In 2008, Ryan moved to Tampa
to work. While in Tampa, Ryan made the decision to go back to school, so he returned to Gainesville. Knowing the cost of going to
school was more than he could afford, Ryan decided in September 2009 to enlist in the Army.
Ryan was assigned to Fort Benning for his
basic training He finished boot camp in December. In January 2010, Ryan was reassigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Fort Campbell is
the home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)--and it is the only Air Assault Division in the world. Specialist Faraci
is assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
In May 2010, as part of the new surge, Specialist
Faraci deployed with more than 20,000 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division to Afghanistan--the first time the entire division
deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom. PFC Faraci's unit is assigned to FOB Wilson in Kandahar Province, which is considered the
birthplace of the Taliban.
Kandahar is the second largest city in Afghanistan with a population at 470,000. Kandahar is the capital
of Kandahar Province, which is located in the southern part of the country. Kandahar has been the stronghold of the Taliban for several
Specialist Faraci has participated in a number of operations, but none bigger than Operation Dragon Strike.The aim of
the operation was to reclaim the strategic southern province of Kandahar. The area where the operation took place has been dubbed
"The Heart of Darkness" by the coalition troops. This operation began in September 2010 and concluded at the end of December 2010.
April 2011, Specialist Faraci and the remainder of the Air Assault Division will return to Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
RENDEZVOUS WITH DESTINY
OPERATION DRAGON STRIKE
2nd Brigade Combat Team "STRIKE"
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Operation Dragon Strike
Ryan and Mom
Out on Patrol